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Professor Sarah Purdy

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Sarah is a Professor in the Centre for Academic Primary Care and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at the University of Bristol. She is also Director of NIHR CLAHRC West and leads the Bristol Health Partners Avoidable Admissions Health Integration Team (HIT). 

From 2015 to 2019 Sarah was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Head of School for Bristol Medical School. Sarah led on the creation of the Medical School bringing together the former Schools of Social and Community Medicine and Clinical Sciences and the medical education team and subsequently providing leadership for research and teaching within the new School.  

Sarah was appointed as a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Bristol in October 2006 after being awarded a Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Fellowship and became a Reader in 2011 and Professor in 2014. Prior to coming to Bristol she worked at the Hull York Medical School where she was involved in designing and delivering an innovative problem based learning curriculum and in developing a research strategy for the new organisation and it's academic and NHS partners. Previously, Sarah worked at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne as a Lecturer, subsequently Clinical Senior Lecturer, in Primary Health Care. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard University from 1995 to 1997. Sarah has a MD from the University of London and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Edinburgh. Sarah is an alumnus of the executive education programme at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. 

Sarah was Deputy Director of NIHR CLAHRC West from its foundation until July 2015. Sarah was a Non-executive director of an NHS board for seven years. She works clinically as a general practitioner at Sea Mills Surgery in Bristol.

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